Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 22:59 UTC
Apple And it was that time of the year again - Apple held one of its product announcements. This one focussed on the iPad mostly, and while some will call it a disappointment merely because virtually everything had already been leaked, I'm still in awe over the fact the newly announced iPad has a 2048x1536 display. My mind is blown.
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RE[7]: Not interesting
by galvanash on Fri 9th Mar 2012 05:11 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Not interesting"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

IOW, since (some) people can't be bothered to organise their files, we should remove all capabilities to organise files? How backward is that.


I know I'll get modded down, but what the hell...

There are historically two common interface paradigms in GUI design - document centric and application centric. In document centric systems centralized file management is not only desirable, but pretty much mandatory - you need some kind of generalized file management UI.

Almost all GUIs in common use combine both systems at the same time. iOS on the other hand is completely application centric - it was designed to work that way.

Whether you like it or not, adding file management to an application centric UI corrodes it - the whole point is to avoid it entirely. It is a trade-off. It simplifies things for the user dramatically because, if done right, file management simply becomes unnecessary.

Is iOS done right? it certainly has its flaws... But at this point if Apple breaks down and implements a "Finder" on iOS, they may as well admit defeat. I'm not saying there aren't things that need to be fixed to improve usability, but adding file management is the last thing they should be doing. That's like adding a steering wheel to a train - once you do it you no longer have a train...

I'm just saying, it's not backwards - its simply different. You may not think it is better, but some people at least think it can be better if done right.

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